Spatial targeting, synergies and scale: Exploring the criteria of smart practices for siting renewable energy projects

Bohumil Frantal*, Dan Van der Horst, Stanislav Martinat, Serge Schmitz, Na'ama Teschner, Luis Silva, Mojca Golobic, Michael Roth

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Abstract / Description of output

Policies and strategies to develop renewable energy and the rates of successful deployment vary from country to country. Academic literature is rife with examples of recurring problems and malpractice in the implementation of renewable energy projects. We could see each national and sectoral effort as an 'experiment' in the early phase of our attempted transition to a low carbon energy system. What lessons can we learn from a comparative analysis of these experiments? This paper seeks to draw generic lessons not from what has gone wrong but from national case studies that stand out in a best way. Through a European academic network, we have selected and analysed 51 'smart practice' case studies of renewable energy development from 20 countries. We present the outcomes of both qualitative and quantitative analysis of these case studies (smart practice criteria) and discuss a set of generic findings concerning specific types of smart practices and problems of potential transferability of projects to other regions. With regards to policy relevance, the findings can be used for evaluating portfolios of renewable energy projects developed to date and for setting guiding principles for project design, spatial planning and consent by means of cross-national learning and fertilization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-93
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy Policy
Early online date26 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Renewable energy
  • Smart practice
  • Case studies
  • Energy landscapes
  • Europe


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